Friday, July 24, 2015

Maurice Sendak Exhibit "50 Years Works Reasons" at Milwaukee Public Library Through August 22, 2015

As you all know, Boswell is hosting a Rumpus Room retail store for the Maurice Sendak exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Library. It's going on now through August 22, Hours are:
--12 Noon through  5 pm Monday
--10 am to 5 pm on Tuesday through Friday
--10 am to 4 pm on Saturday.

From the curators themselves, a little more about the exhibition: "The Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition is a retrospective of original works by Maurice Sendak. The collection will tour numerous museums and sites in 2013, the 50th anniversary of the publication of Where the Wild Things Are. Presidents, illustrators, friends and celebrities will share a quote about the renowned author; how he inspired them, influenced their careers and touched their lives. The quotes will be presented together with the artwork, offering viewers food for thought as well as a feast for their eyes."

There have been various special programs throughout the run, both at Central Library and the branches. At right is a gallery exhibit of how to draw a monster.

If you come by to see this wonderful exhibition, Boswellians Jannis, Carly, and Phoebe are there to help you. The Where the Wild Things Are tee shirts and Onesies have been particularly popular, and we have another order coming in for them. Alas, the In the Night Kitchen tee shirts have been discontinued, and what we have is it.

We also have Where the Wild Things Are totes and zippered pouches for sale. And of course, plenty of books, including many titles you don't normally see in bookstores.

In addition to the exhibit of Sendak's artwork, there are some playful displays such as standups where you can become a Wild Thing or Really Rosie. While we don't have the video or audio soundracks of the classic "Really Rosie" television show, we are selling Maurice Sendak's Really Rosie, the tie-in book to the Carole King special, as well as The Sign on Rosie's Door.

One of the most fun events was the kickoff, where among other things, Boswell helped get a Wild Thing to visit the Milwaukee Public Library. Somewhere there's an image of me line dancing with librarian Joan and the Wild Thing. Despite the inherent scariness of the situation, even junior Wild Things didn't seem to be afraid.

Alas, the Wild Thing sleepover at Central Library is completely full.

If you live in the Milwaukee area, the exhibit is open for another month. Here's the next six stops on the tour:
--St. Louis Public Library Sept 4 to Oct 18, 2015
--Boulder CO Public Library Oct 30 to Dec. 6, 2015
--Toronto Public Library Dec 18 to Jan. 31 (2016)
--Bloomington, Ind. Public Library Feb. 12 to March 27, 2016
--Grand Rapids Art Museum April 9 to May 21, 2016
--Phoenix Public Library June 4 to July 17, 2016

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